Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

The XFL is back, and a team is headed to Seattle

The XFL is back, and a team is headed to Seattle

Los Angeles, the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area and Dallas were among the eight cities and venues chosen to be the home sites when the XFL launches its inaugural season in February 2020. (Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports) The XFL's St. Louis franchise will play its games at The Dome at America's Center. Team names, logos, colors, and players will be announced in the coming weeks and months.

On Wednesday, a press conference was held at MetLife Stadium, and some big announcements were made regarding which cities will be hosting teams, and which stadiums they will be playing at. Louis, Seattle and Washington also will field teams.

Former Houston Oilers quarterback Oliver Luck (father of Andrew Luck) will serve as Commissioner of the league, and was also on-hand to push the XFL's use of next generation technology, a simplification of the rules, an increased focus on player safety as well as speeding up the game overall.

It did not give details on how the league will be different than the NFL but said research is underway.

McMahon is "personally funding" the new leaugue.

They had various officials from the cities appear and hype their involvement in the new XFL.

The XFL livestream to reveal the eight teams and venues will begin at 12 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Dec. 5. But to the dismay of fans across the region, the Rams moved back to Los Angeles for the 2016 season.

In its first incarnation, the XFL, which was conceived as an outdoor football league that would take place during the NFL off-season, survived just one season having sought to fuse the sport with the over-the-top theatrics of pro wrestling. Teams will play a 10-game regular-season schedule and two-round playoffs in the months immediately following the National Football League season.

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